The Last of the President’s Men

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: October 13, 2015
ISBN: 9781501116445

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Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book The Last of the President’s Men. Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon’s resignation. In forty-six hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by thousands of documents, many of them original and not in the presidential archives and libraries, Woodward has uncovered new dimensions of Nixon’s secrets, obsessions and deceptions.

Read Richard Nixon’s “zilch memo”

The Last of the President’s Men could not be more timely and relevant as voters question how much do we know about those who are now seeking the presidency in 2016 – what really drives them, how do they really make decisions, who do they surround themselves with, and what are their true political and personal values?


“An intimate but disturbing portrayal of Nixon in the Oval Office.”David Hoffman, The Washington Post

“Brisk, provocative . . . Woodward’s engrossing volume gives us an Alexander Butterfield of enormous complexity.”Stephen L. Carter, BloombergView

“A head-shaker . . . a great read.”John W. Dean, former White House counsel to President Nixon, Verdict

“A short and riveting look into the files and memory of Alexander Butterfield . . . Here Butterfield gives Woodward access to files and photos even the seasoned journalist had never seen before . . . Nixon’s vulgarities and general ugliness of manner somehow shocked this usually unshockable reader.”Sara Nelson, Amazon Best Book of October 2015

“It was the biggest bombshell of the biggest political scandal in American history: White House aide Alexander Butterfield revealing the existence of the White House taping system. . . . now he’s back to teach us all one of the basic lessons of journalism: there is always more to the story.”CBS News

“Full of new insights for the public and scholars . . . [A] largely overlooked window into the Nixon personality . . . a service to history.”Tim Naftali, former director of the Nixon Presidential Library

“Granular details that slam home the mendacity, Machiavellian scheming, and shameless lack of accountability that permeated the Nixon White House.” – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“A cringe-worthy portrayal of the 37th president . . . Woodward puts the petty Nixon on vivid display.”Evan Thomas, The Washington Post

“Woodward returns to the scandal to profile Alexander Butterfield, the Richard Nixon aide who revealed the existence of the Oval Office tapes and effectively toppled the presidency. . . . [the book is] pure Woodward: a visual, dialogue-heavy, blow-by-blow account of Butterfield’s tenure. . . . a close-up view of the Oval Office in its darkest hour.”Kirkus Reviews

“A whole new Richard Nixon emerges…An extraordinary story.” – Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour

“A riveting read” – Jake Tapper, CNN

“Brisk, provocative …Woodward’s engrossing volume gives us an Alexander Butterfield of enormous complexity.” – Stephen Carter, Yale Law professor, BloombergView

“Another fascinating gift to history by D.C.’s most relentless reporter.” – Politico

“Another ingenious piece of work” – Chris Matthews, Hardball

Read the Washington Post stories:

“Secret archive offers fresh insight into Nixon presidency”

“The man who knew too much about Richard Nixon”

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